Owning a swimming pool can be a lot of fun – it’s a great location for cooling down on hot days and hosting get-togethers for the family. Sadly, though, it can also be the site of tragedy. From 2005 to 2009, there were an average of 3,533 unintentional drownings per year, with children aged 1 to 4 most at risk.
A new Bluetooth sensor called iSwimband aims to reduce those numbers. Worn by your child on the forehead or wrist, the simple child-safety device sends an alert to your Apple iPhone or iPad if it’s submerged in water for a predetermined length of time. Should your toddler fall into the pool, you’ll know immediately.
The iSwimband has a range of 100 feet. That’s an unfortunate limitation, especially if you live in a larger house. It’s not a replacement for adult supervision, just a supplement to it.
Each iSwimband package includes one sensor, a headband and a wristband, and is currently available for $99.99. Colors vary and cannot be chosen. For more on the device or to order yours, visit iswimband.com.
Regarding the range of iSwimband
From Dave Cutler on July 03, 2014 :: 3:56 am
Thanks for featuring iSwimband on your site.
We want to point out that the range limitation you refer to is intentional in that we want caregivers using the iSwimband system to remain in close proximity to the monitored swimmers (and non-swimmers). Nothing can replace diligent human supervision of people and pets around water.
However, using WiFi and an almost unlimited number of other compatible smart devices running our app, the iSwimband system can be extended over a much larger area.
As an example, one caregiver can actively monitor iSwimbands within close proximity of the water (as they should) while another caregiver who is, say, inside the home, can be passively monitoring the system and be immediately notified should an event be indicated by their smart device.
Plus, using Bluetooth speakers paired with their smart devices can also be used to extend the system as well.
Again, many thanks for your coverage of our product.
Co-Founder, Aquatic Safety Concepts LLC